Safety is our top priority. EverGreene Architectural Arts, Inc. strives to be an industry leader in environmental health and safety issues specific to the historic built environment. Our safety policies are taken seriously, and we are proud to be at the cutting edge of safety and loss control for architectural and fine arts conservation firms of our size. EverGreene continuously strives to eliminate hazards and prevent injuries to work in safe environments all over the country.
TRAINING & CERTIFICATION
Each of our talented 200+ employees have received extensive safety training. We train and re-train our team with OSHA 10- and 30-hour outreach classes, scaffold user and erector training, and lead environmental health and hygiene. Every supervisor maintains current OSHA 30-hour training cards, and our craftspeople maintain current OSHA 10-hour training. Our policy is that no one may work unless they possess a current OSHA 10- or 30-hour training card, as well as a minimum scaffold user card. As our headquarters is in Brooklyn, we abide by the extremely stringent New York City Department of Buildings rules, which in most cases exceed or supplement OSHA’s regulations. We are an EPA-certified RRP firm and abide by their safe working hygiene and disposal guidelines. Additionally, many of our staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR by the American Red Cross.
STRETCH & FLEX
Beginning in 2013 as effort to manage soft-tissue injuries, EverGreene implemented a mandatory daily “Stretch and Flex” program – a series of stretches that our crews do daily at the beginning of their shifts around the country. In conjunction with our “Stretch and Flex” program, we also diligently work to eliminate and control employee and third-party risk and hazards by task. We do daily pre-task planning, to communicate to the crew what types of hazards exist in our day, and what steps to take in order to eliminate or control the hazard. Essentially a job hazard analysis is done each morning, specific to that day’s work. It’s an effective tool to help protect our craftspeople and to protect the client team from claims and exposure.
EverGreene initiates weekly “Toolbox Talks” where supervisors sit with their crew and present a topical safety talk about a hazard or safety concern. These talks provide a wonderful forum for our crew and supervision to discuss not only the issue at hand (such as falls from heights) but also to serve as a safe place for general and specific safety concerns to be addressed.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
EverGreene has a mandatory 100% zero tolerance Personal Protective Equipment policy. Every day, our crews must wear hard-soled boots, long pants, shirts with minimum 4” sleeves, hard hats, safety glasses (or goggles, face shield by task), and ANSI class II high visibility vests printed with EverGreene’s logo for identification.
Should a risk of chemical exposure exist, EverGreene will create and implement Exposure Control Plans to mitigate such hazards. The presence of Lead, Arsenic, asbestos, etc. will be addressed in the Safe Work Plan, kept on site. Masks, gloves, respirators or other necessary equipment will be provided to those working near hazardous materials. The EverGreene team has been trained to respond to chemical hazards to protect the safety of themselves, others, and the work being done.